[Intro Paragraph] Begin your groundskeeper job description with a concise paragraph or series of bullet points about your company or property in a way that is designed to appeal to applicants. You may want to include a heading, such as “About Us” or “Who We Are.” Emphasize what qualities make your company special, for example, customer service or professionalism.
Groundskeeper Job Responsibilities: Next, your groundskeeper job description should outline typical duties, such as installing and maintaining gardens, lawns, and other outdoor features, as well as interacting with fellow crew members, landscape architects, and clients. The responsibilities below represent a sampling of typical duties you may want to include.
- Plants grass, shrubs, trees, and flowers.
- Installs and maintains water fountains, fences, gates, retaining walls, rock gardens, outdoor lighting, and other design features.
- Digs trenches and levels ground.
- Keeps outdoor furniture clean and in good repair.
- Applies mulch, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
- Maintains green spaces by weeding, trimming, and pruning.
- Removes unwanted or unhealthy plants, shrubs, and trees, as well as downed limbs.
- Operates hand tools and power equipment, including mowers, leaf-blowers, snowblowers, tillers, backhoes, and tractors.
- Provides advice to clients and takes direction from them.
- Waters lawns and gardens.
- Installs and maintains irrigation systems.
- Rakes leaves and other vegetation from lawns and flower beds.
- Removes trash and other debris from outdoor areas.
- Operates snow removal equipment and shovels walkways.
- Works with other maintenance crew and construction specialists as needed.
[Work Hours & Benefits] Use this section to sell the position in the same way you sold the workplace in the introductory paragraph. If you’re uncertain of the going rate for groundskeepers in your community, use a salary tool that allows you to input job title and location to determine an appropriate salary range. In addition to salary, you can also mention whether the job is full time or part time, seasonal or year-long, and whether medical benefits, overtime, or paid time off is offered.
Groundskeeper Qualifications/Skills: In tight labor markets, you may want to keep the list of desired skills shorter and emphasize your openness to training hard-working candidates eager to work outside and learn about outdoor property maintenance.
- Ability to follow detailed instructions
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with supervisors, coworkers, and clients
- Physical strength and stamina
- Attention to detail
- Manual dexterity
- Problem-solving skills
- Excellent customer service skills
- Self-motivation and the ability to work autonomously
Education, Experience & Licensing Requirements: If you are attempting to recruit groundskeepers in areas with a tight labor market, you may want to offer on-the-job training and help with attaining state certification in tree care.
- Previous landscaping or groundskeeping experience
- Driver’s license preferred
- High school diploma preferred
- For a foreman, fluency in more than one language may be useful
- May need state certification to work on tree removal and other tree-related tasks
[Call to Action] End your groundskeeper job description with a call to action, such as an invitation to fill out an online application or to call your place of business.
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